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Summer, Sun, Sea… and Boardshorts


Summer is on its way, but a peek into your closetmakes you cringe? If your thoughts are wandering back to last summer, when yougot a horrific sunburn in that tight swimwear?Then the solution is obvious: time for new boardshorts!Best materials, great fits and mind-blowing features are just a few of thereasons you should consider a new pair of swim trunks. As always, you’re spoiltfor choice at Blue Tomato!

Water resistant boardshorts?

Youdon’t need to be a seasoned pro surfer in order show off the newest models by Rip Curl, Billabong, O’Neill, Hurley &Co. These shorts have originally been made for cool surfer dudes in Hawaii and Australia,but that doesn’t mean you can’t rock them at the beaches of Europe! They aremainly made of polyester and nylon, but Lycra ® (elastane or spandex)are also often used. These elastic materials give the boardshorts plenty ofstretch for maximum freedom of movement, no matter what activities you enjoy.

Technical Surfwear


Inthe 60s, the shorts worn by surfers in Southern California and Hawaii were morethan uncomfortable. The wet cotton material limited movement and the largebuttons and thick seams were very inconvenient for surfing. As the yearspassed, the material became thinner, the seams improved, and the buttons werereplaced with Velcro ® and functional snap buttons or a lacing system.

Nowadays good boardshorts are characterised by lightweight fabrics. You will barely beable to feel them, whether you’re soaked or dry. Days spent in drippingboardshorts on the beach are history. Special materials and technologies, suchas a Teflon ® coating on the outside, make the shorts water-repellent andfast-drying. Thanks to the 'Lotus Effect’, the water turns into droplets thatsimply roll off your shorts. Who knew so much technology could fit in a pair ofboardshorts?

Today’s boardshorts come with a lot of greatextras such as a wax comb in one ofthe pockets, with which you can scrape off old or extra wax from yoursurfboard. If wax gets on your boardshorts, no need to worry – wax stains caneasily be removed in a regular machine wash thanks to the special structure ofthe material.

Different lengths for all requirements


Whetheryou’re just chilling at the beach or surfing legendary big waves, comfort plays an important role in yourchoice of boardshorts. Almost all boardshorts have a seamless waistband and crotcharea to avoid uncomfortable pressure points.
Tastes vary when it comes to length. Some people prefer boardshorts that goover the knee, whereas others go for a shorter version – it’s all up to you!The length is usually expressed in inches: 21“ is about knee length. Since the first pair of boardshorts were created by Quiksilver in 1969, the trunks grewlonger and wider over the decades.

17 to 19 Inch

  • Perfectfor a day at the pool or beach
19 to 21 Inch
  • Furtherprotection, great for surf sessions
21 to 22 Inch
  • Comfortand protection while surfing

No matter which fit and style you choose – colourfuland patterned or plain and simple, BlueTomato has the right boardshorts to suit every taste!